International Migrants Day

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) notes that there is no universally accepted definition for migrant, and that this word is an umbrella term, not defined under international law, reflecting the common lay understanding of a person who moves away from...

World Soil Day

Plants nurture soil-living organisms — only 1% of these soil microorganisms having been identified to date (compared to 80% of plant species). This vast world constitutes soil biodiversity — 25% of the planet’s biodiversity — and determines the...

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is to remember the millions who have been killed and seriously injured on the world’s roads, and to acknowledge the cumulative toll on and suffering of all affected victims, families and communities. Tribute is paid...

World Toilet Day

4.2 billion people — over half the world’s population — lack safe sanitation. 3 billion people — 40% of the world’s population — live without basic handwashing facilities with soap and water available at home. 800 children die each...

World Cities Day

Cities occupy 2% of the world’s total landmass, but contribute to 70% of the world’s economy (GDP), 60% of its energy consumption, 70% of its greenhouse gas emissions, and 70% of the world’s waste. Urbanization provides the promise — oft not...